“Low-Carb Diet Under Attack”

As many as 45 million people in the United States go on a diet each year and US individuals reportedly spend around $33 billion on weight loss products annually. Truly, the current data on diets is terribly conflicted and confusing. The two-thirds of the population that are either overweight or obese have a plethora of diets to choose from. From low-fat to high-fat, keto diets and intermittent fasting, such that the fads are too numerous too count. Study results are at times diametrically opposed. Counseling patients on healthy dietary patterns is challenging. So much information abounds that it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. A case in point is the advisability of a low carbohydrate diet for weight loss and for overall health. Low-carb, high-protein diets result in greater weight loss over a given period compared with calorically equivalent diets that contain relatively more carbohydrates. A new study was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress concluded that a low intake of carbs raises the risk of premature mortality, as well as mortality from several chronic illnesses.

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